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Mom with a Mission

Jul 27, 2015

  Over the past 30 years, rates of childhood obesity in this country have quadrupled.  Eighteen percent of kids and 21% of teenagers are now considered overweight.  It’s a problem that has one Charlottesville mother on the warpath - preaching and writing the gospel of healthier habits.

Shelley Sackier is the slender mother of two healthy kids, so you might not expect her to worry much about the growing number of American children with a weight problem, but she has known - from an early age - that eating too much of the wrong things could have uncomfortable consequences.

Taming Runaway Education Costs

Jul 27, 2015

State lawmakers say they’re determined to find ways that will help reign in the runaway costs of getting a college degree.  Members of the House Higher Education Advisory Subcommittee applaud Virginia’s universities, but say the skyrocketing costs and college loan debt have become a very heavy burden for families. 

The cable TV series “TURN” will be back in Virginia for another season.  Producers of the historic drama about spies during the American Revolution will get about $6 million in tax dollars from the state.

In Richmond, debate continues over the wisdom of giving incentives to makers of films and TV shows.

Critics say taxpayers should not be bankrolling Hollywood, but Andy Edmund, who heads the film office, disagrees.

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Burning coal to make electricity isn’t its only impact on the environment. The mining process has also been shown to pollute nearby waterways.

New rules proposed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to protect that water, will be debated over the next several months. Some see them as a potential threat to dwindling coal jobs and others, as not strong enough to protect the environment.

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The ultimate routes of natural gas pipelines that would run through Virginia have yet to be determined.  Among the concerns that raises, is; what effect could pipeline construction have on people’s well water? 

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